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the fireworks for this wounded and medically discharged veteran of iraq and afghanistan. >> it's great to be with my family and i still think of my friends overseas not able to be with their families. >> reporter: this man fought in vietnam. >> we're all americans, and we can all come together, and this is a time that when we look at that we're one country, and the people who come here, were born here, raised here and even have the freedoms that we have, we're still all one country and one people. >> reporter: one of the downsides to a massive gathering like this, especially under the sun, some folks get sick. a dozen people were treated on the scene and a few people were actually transported to the hospital, and from park police late tonight, we have the arrest numbers. we're told it's extraordinarily low given the high number of people here. there were five, three for drugs and two for minor disorderly conduct. >> it looked like the weather held off earlier. there was some concern. was there any contingency plans to get people off the mall in case of lightning or heavy rain? >> repor
of american troops in afghanistan this weekend. >> reporter: before leaving to iraq america's defense secretary headed to afghanistan to see for himself the situation there and speak to the troops. this is the area where most of the fighting has been taking place in recent years and where the majority of u.s. forces are. this is his first overseas trip since being appointed to his new role and afghanistan is a key responsibility for panetta. the defense secretary has been very upbeat about the prospects of defeating al-qaeda during this trip. he said if they can keep the military pressure up on them and also capture or kill less than 20 of the terror group's key leaders still operating in countries between here and afghanistan and north africa, then they will have an effect strategically -- in effect strategically defeated them. his assessment comes as afghanistan prepares for the gradual drawdown of u.s. troops due to begin this summer. 10,000 are due to leave this year and another 23,000 in 2012. the defense secretary also said he hoped to drive the taliban to peace talks during the
. in addition to overseeing wars in iraq and afghanistan and the ongoing war on terror, panetta is also faced with the difficult job of cutting billions of dollars from the defense budget. >> he's got a daunting task to establish a military strategy that will allow him to save $400 billion in additional defense spending and do all that in the course of the next couple months, his first couple months on the job. >> in a video message to troops today panetta said despite fiscal challenges at home there won't be a hollow force on his watch. >>> both president and congress are taking the holiday weekend off, but the debate over the nation's debt ceiling rages on. with a looming august deadline congress canceled its vacation next week and the white house is trying up to the ante. fox 5's jennifer davis has the details. >> i'm prepared to bring our deficit down by trillions of dollars. that's with a t, trillions. >> reporter: speaking to a supportive crowd in philadelphia last night, the president weighed in again on the debt ceiling debate which is taking a short break on capitol hill. congress is
and lindsay graham appeared together on fox news sunday from kabul, afghanistan. graham taking issue with president obama's more aggressive troop withdrawal timetable. >> it has created risk. it has changed the momentum. it is seen now as an effort to withdraw rather than transition. and i hope and pray this works out well. it came at a very critical time, and we will see what the future holds. >> if we don't succeed here and the taliban comes back into power, we'll be attacked again. and there could be no greater threat to our security and our freedom, the freedom that we celebrate on july 4th. >> reporter: melanie alnwick, fox five news. >>> the former head of the international monetary fund may have a political future in france. a new poll shows nearly half of those surveyed in france believe strauss-kahn should return to political life in france. 46% said no. the rest didn't answer the question. strauss-kahn is charged with sexually assaulting a manhattan hotel housekeeper. prosecutors say her credibility may now be in question. >>> a gaz
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